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News   - 08/23/2005

5G iPod technology? A short glimpse...

A pretty good analysis about upcoming iPods (5G), current technology and the way such a successful product is developed and built from components.

When Apple Computer introduces new versions of its original iPod digital music player later this year, expect them to sport more home-grown components such as an Apple-branded scroll-wheel.

New, replaceable batteries are also under design...

Since forming a division of the company to focus specifically on iPods, sources say that iPod engineers have increased their efforts not only on broadening the line of digital music players, but also on reducing component outsourcing to maintain tighter control of the company's intellectual property.

We reported on toshiba market expectations and Taiwan market at large, here comes more.

On the surface, today's iPods appear to be a simple and tightly packaged product of Apple's California design studios. But inside, the players rely on a wide array of components developed by third parties. These include drives from Toshiba, controller chips from PortalPlayer, navigational controls designed by Synaptics, and LCD displays from either Sharp or Samsung.

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Source: AppleInsider.com    
 
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